One of the best outdoor centres in the UK, we’ve got the rundown of the most charming cafés, delectable restaurants and overall best places to eat in Fort William, so you can refuel for your next adventure.
Places to eat in Fort William
With mountain biking, skiing, hiking and general exploring on the day-time menu, Fort William doesn’t shortchange you when it comes to portion sizes – they know you’ve had a busy day in the Highlands.
Blas is an excellent all-rounder. Open for coffee, lunch and dinner, the café/bistro dishes up some of the tastiest food in town – try their set menu for size, or opt for their renowned pea soup which got plaudits from the Michelin guide.
If you’re looking for somewhere upmarket to celebrate, the nearby Lime Tree An Ealdhain is a great option. An award-winning restaurant, they specialise in seasonal, locally sourced ingredients meaning the menu changes through the year. It’s one of the more expensive options in Fort William, but their food is always worth it.
If it’s seafood you’re after, look no further than the Crannog Seafood Restaurant, which has been serving up the best mussels, haddock and prawns in the region for nearly 30 years. Nestled on the Town Pier overlooking Loch Linnhe, their seafood is that-day-fresh.
If you want your fish to go – and with a side of mushy peas – cast your line out to Macari’s Fish & Chip Shop, around 500m from our Fort William hotel. A word of warning though – they don’t just do excellent fish and chips, but they have an extensive range of ice creams with over 20 flavours, so make sure to leave room for dessert.
Meat-lovers will love The Stables Restaurant and Grill on Dudley Road, which boasts the largest range of steaks in town, all cooked to order. With generous portions, good prices and full of flavour, it’s deservedly one of the most popular restaurants in Fort William.
Fort William Cafés
Restaurants in Fort William
Stock up on carbs and coffee before you attempt Ben Nevis – or jump in the cable car – with a visit to The Wildcat. The other side of the train station from our Fort William hotel, this highly ethical vegan café serve up speciality coffee and loose leaf teas, as well as some of the best sandwiches, salads and cakes in town. It’s no wonder they have made a big impression since opening at the start of 2018.
At the other end of the café spectrum, the Hot Roast Company specialise in meat. From their cooked breakfasts laden with local sausages and bacon to their pulled pork baps, they serve up tasty, filling food and are just a short walk from the West Highland Museum.
Located to the north of the town centre, JJ’s Café dish up one of the best full Scottish breakfasts in town (including Scottish black pudding and tattie scones – a sort of potato waffle), as well as great cakes, tray bakes and coffee.
Lastly, Deli Craft cleverly blends the lines between a deli and an up-market café. The food is excellent – think tasty soups, adventurous salads, chunky sandwiches and wood-fired thin crust pizzas – while the deli is stocked with all manner of delicious goodies, including wine, beer, cider, jams, freshly baked bread and more.